Young mum called police just 11 days before murder after ex-partners sick abuse

A young mum desperately called police for help only 11 days before she was murdered by her ex-partner, a new report says.

Regan Tierney, 27, was found dead by her father at her home in Salford in June 2019, reports Manchester Evening News.

A Domestic Homicide Review was commissioned by Salford Community Safety Partnership after investigations revealed Regan's contact with Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and other authorities prior to her death.

Now it has found there were 'missed opportunities' to protect Regan before she was stabbed to death by her ex-partner in a horrific murder-suicide.

Her abusive former partner Daniel Patten, 31, was found with critical injuries at the address following her death and died two days later.

Miss Tierney had recently entered a new relationship after being subjected to years of abuse at the hands of Patten.

Just days before her death, Regan made a phone call to police reporting that he had threatened to 'put her head on a stick' and said she was in danger.

But a three-day delay to record the report by GMP meant that by the time the force made contact with her, Miss Tierney had 'lost confidence' and decided not to take the matter further.

By the time of her murder a few days later, officers from Greater Manchester Police still hadn't followed up the incident with Patten, the report found.

The review read: "The actions of the call handler did not comply with GMPs Third Party Reporting Policy and represent a missed opportunity to offer safeguarding advice and add further information to the incident log".

It also found opportunities to protect Regan were missed by Bolton NHS Foundation Trust A&E after she presented with a broken nose in October 2012.

Miss Tierney told hospital staff that it was Patten who had caused the injury, but there was no consideration by staff at the trust to refer her to specialist domestic abuse services.

Regan had also made disclosures that she had been the victim of domestic abuse at the hands of Patten during a therapy session with Greater Manchester Mental Health Foundation Trust (GMMH).

If you have been affected by issues of domestic violence or coercive control you can call Refuge's 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline for free. The number is 0808 2000 247

The panel found there was "no attempt" to gather further information about Patten, or "any consideration" about referring her to a specialist domestic abuse service.

The review concluded: "This was a missed opportunity to explore current risks with (Regan) and to discuss and make a referral to specialist domestic abuse services and to share information with other services."

Reacting to the report, Detective Superintendent Chris Packer from GMP said: "Firstly our thoughts remain with this young woman's family and loved ones.

"Since her death, GMP has remained committed to working with partners to establish whether any more could’ve been done to prevent this tragedy.

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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